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"We Don't Talk About That Much," Romney's Son Says When Asked Whether Mitt Spanked Him

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On KNUS' morning talk-radio show Thursday, Steve Kelley played an audio clip of Obama criticizing Romney's response to the Libya attack, saying Romney has a "tendency to shoot first and aim later."

Steve Kelley, the host of the show, had Mitt Romney's son Josh on the phone, and, it's only natural to try to personalize things a bit. Plus, they say international relations isn't so different than what goes on within families, on the playground, between neighbors, or what have you.

So Kelley asked Josh Romney if his father shot first and aimed later, when it came to disciplining Josh!

It was a fair question to ask a grown man stumping for his father, but Josh dodged it rather ominously, saying, "We don't talk about that much."

"He was tough but fair," Josh told Kelley, after some awkward banter.

I'm not saying Mitt shouldn't have spanked his kids, or Obama shouldn't have spanked Sasha and Malia, if he did. (I never spanked my kids, but I'm a deeply wimpy progressive weenie.)

But you'd think Josh would have laid it out on the table.

Why don't the Romneys talk about this much? What's the big deal? I wish Kelley would have finished the conversation.

Kelley: Shoot first and aim later. Critical of your dad. Hey when your dad disciplined you, and how did he discipline you, did dad shoot first and aim later with you?

Josh Romney: My dad was very good with discipline. They really allowed us to understand and reap the benefits of making bad decisions on our own.

Kelley: Did he spank ya? Come on, Josh.

Josh Romney: We don't talk about that much but he, ah, was tough. Tough but fair, we'll say that.

Kelley: I remember one time my brother and I were playing with bullets. And you know, my dad heard about it. That's the only time, first, last, that I received the belt. Can you relate at all to that, Josh?

Josh Romney [laughing]: The dreaded belt. The dreaded belt.

Kelley: Ah, that tells me right there. The dreaded belt.

Josh Romney: I'm joking. He was tough but fair. You know, tough but fair.

Listen to the audio here:
On KNUS radio 9-13, Josh Romney is asked whether Mitt Romney spanked him